NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Three paddle boarders rescued from sea by lifeboat at Aberdeen beach

Image caption The paddle boarders were taken ashore by rescuers

Three paddle boarders have been rescued by lifeboat after getting into difficulties in sea off Aberdeen.

A number of 999 calls were made after members of the public saw the group get pulled out to sea in windy conditions at about 14:30.

They were picked up by the RNLI's inshore lifeboat then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat.

The group, all women aged about 19 or 20, were checked over by ambulance crew but did not need medical attention.

Their boards and paddles were recovered.

A spokesman for the RNLI in Aberdeen said: "The prevailing strong offshore winds, and their consequence in blowing these paddle-boarders offshore, serve to remind us all of the importance of obtaining a weather forecast and considering its implications before embarking on any leisure activity in the sea."

Image caption Emergency services were at Aberdeen lifeboat station after the incident

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